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M&M Refrigeration Honored as Champion of Maryland Manufacturing

M&M Refrigeration

The award was bestowed by the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland.

Federalsburg, MD
February 8, 2017

M&M Refrigeration was honored as a 2016 Champion of Maryland Manufacturing by the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) of Maryland for Creating a Positive Culture of Change Management. A tribute dinner was held for all the recipients of the prize, and each champion received a copy of the 2016 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Yearbook.

Nominated by Angela Visintainer of Caroline Economic Development Corporation, M&M Refrigeration owner Duffy McConnell was recognized for his vision and leadership. Visintainer noted that during the economic downturn of 2009 McConnell took the offensive, knowing the economy would bounce back and actually expanded the manufacturing facility. His stellar management protected the dedicated employees at M&M from the recession and propelled the company.

Gratefully acknowledging his employees, CEO Duane Marshall said, “At M&M Refrigeration, we work hard every day to deliver on our promises to customers. We are pleased to employ so many great people on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland. They are the ones who earned this honor.”

The RMI of Maryland is a non-profit association originally created to serve the manufacturers of Baltimore. The organization now serves manufacturers across the state by collaborating with community colleges and government agencies to serve workforce needs, providing learning models on a variety of topics and offering educational programs for manufacturers to help grow their businesses. The association also informs policy makers about the importance of manufacturing to the state’s economy to ensure adequate resources are available for manufacturers.

The leader in CO2 technology in North America, M&M Refrigeration designs, engineers and manufactures high-quality refrigeration systems for a variety of applications including food processing, cold storage, warehouses and ice arenas throughout the United States and the world. In 2007, M&M Refrigeration completed the largest CO2 cold storage plant in the world. The company employs world-class technicians and engineers, uses quality materials and is committed to achieving lifelong customer satisfaction.

For more information, visit or call 410-754-8005.

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm to Host Holiday Open House

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm
December 2014

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm invites you to get a head start on your holiday shopping at their 4th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event, which will take place at their farm at 24480 Pinetown Road in Preston, will feature a raffle, farm tours, unique holiday gifts, a book signing of Backroads and Byways of Chesapeake Bay, seasonal refreshments and more.

From luxurious Alpaca clothing to toys crafted from Alpaca fiber, you’ll find a gift for everyone on your list at this family-friendly event. Alpaca fleece is a soft and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities. At the Farm Store, you will find an array of products, including men’s golf sweaters, scarves, hats, sweaters, vests, children’s toys, raw fiber and the wonderfully soft and warm Paca-Socks!

Those who come to the Holiday Open House will also have a chance to meet the alpacas of Outstanding Dreams Farm. Phil and Vickie, owners of the farm, are eager to share their love and knowledge of the gentle animals with visitors.

This year, the Liske’s will also be offering a Holiday Gift Wish List, where you can leave recommendations on items you’d like to receive from that special someone.

“Alpaca fiber is an affordable luxury,” says Phil Liske. “This year, why not shop local and give that special someone a gift they will truly treasure for years to come.”

The Holiday Open House will also feature a book signing of Backroads and Byways of Chesapeake Bay by award-winning author Leslie Adkins. The book, which includes a feature on Outstanding Dreams Farm, highlights off-the-beaten-path day trips and weekend excursions in the Chesapeake region.

The Farm Store’s Holiday Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm and Monday by appointment by calling 410.829.2012.

For more information on the Holiday Open House, please contact Phil and Vickie at (410) 673-2002. More information is also available at


Downtown Denton to host Miracle on Market Street

Downtown Denton
December 4, 2014

Downtown Denton invites you to celebrate the season at Miracle on Market Street, an all day celebration on December 13th in historic Denton. This family-friendly event will feature the Holiday Marketplace, Santa & Mrs. Claus, gingerbread house making, decorated holiday windows, carolers and more!

Denton will become illuminated as merchants decorate their storefronts as “Christmas on the Choptank.” Many downtown businesses will be staying open late, so you can do some holiday shopping as you stroll along Market Street.

Chesapeake Culinary Center will be offering an all-inclusive Gingerbread House workshop from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at 512 Franklin Street. Attendees will be able to enter their creations into the Gingerbread House Contest. Gingerbread entries will be on display at the Holiday Marketplace, located at 300 Market Street, and judging will take place from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, located at 7 N. 4th Street, will be offering free ornament-making with artist Alida Greenhalgh from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. They will also be hosting an Open House at their Holiday Bazaar throughout the day, featuring gifts crafted by local fiber artists.

The Foundry, Caroline County’s community arts gallery, will be hosting a book launch party from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm for “Story Tellers”, a collection of stories selected from the Short Story contest and the recently formed Write On! club. The book will be available for purchase, and featured authors will be on hand to sign copies.

Joviality Gifts, located at 406 Market Street, will have carolers and sweet treats by the fire from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, as well as holiday specials on stocking stuffers.

Patti’s Petals Florist Garden & Gifts, located at 219 Market Street, will be hosting an Old Fashioned Christmas Wreath Making Class at 6:30 pm. Bring your creativity and create a beautiful wreath from fresh greens just in time for Christmas. The class is $30 per person, and reservations are required by December 5th. To reserve your spot, call Patti at 410-479-4445.

Finish the evening at Harry’s on the Green with their “Christmas Wish.” Get cozy by the crackling fire and enjoy live renditions of Christmas classics such as Santa Baby, festive cocktails, and a holiday-inspired menu.

Don’t forget to stop in to see Santa and Mrs. Claus at 300 Market Street from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm and check out the Holiday Marketplace, a seasonal market featuring numerous vendors. The marketplace kick off on Thursday, December 4th, the night of the Denton Holiday Parade, and will be open Fridays through Sunday for the first two weeks of December. The hours are:

Thursday, December 4th: 5pm – 9pm
Friday, December 5th: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, December 6th: 11am – 6pm
Sunday, December 7th: 1pm – 5pm
Friday, December 12th: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, December 13th: 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 14th: 1pm – 5pm

The Santa Chase 2-Mile Fun Run & Walk will also take place on December 13th at Martinak State Park in Denton. Registration opens at 6:00 pm, and the race begins at 7:30 pm. Creative costumes are encouraged at this pet-friendly event to benefit the vision-care service mission of Lions International and the pet pantry at Caroline County Humane Society. The course will be marked with traditional candle luminaries. Pre-race activities will take place from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm and include Santa’s Magic Workshop and hayrides through the Enchanted Forest.

For more information on Miracle on Market Street, please visit or contact Patti Wood of Patti’s Petals Florist Garden and Gifts at 410-479-4445 or

Greensboro Author Publishes New Work on Creative Writing

Greensboro, MD
November 29, 2014

Local author Judith Reveal of Greensboro, MD, is a published author, book indexer, and book reviewer. Her newest work, The Four Elements of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide to Character, Setting, Situation, and Theme appeared on Amazon on November 1, 2014, as both a trade paperback and an eBook. This book is designed to provide writers with a basic understanding of how to write a fiction story that will engage the reader and keep him or her turning the page.

Photo: Judy Reveal - Photo: Steven G. Atkinson

Judy Reveal – Photo: Steven G. Atkinson

Ms. Reveal has been a freelance editor for ten years, providing copyediting services for authors of fiction, nonfiction, and essays. Many of her clients have gone on to publish their works both traditionally and through self-publishing.

“I have found that many of the beginning writers have good stories that hold water, but don’t have the background in writing fiction to understand the elements and techniques that will keep the reader interested.”

Upon completion and in order to ensure that her book would prove enlightening and provide some direction for these writers, Ms. Reveal solicited help from authors and editors and teachers at many levels and in many genres, to read her work and provide feedback. “It’s because of these talented readers that the book is a better product,” she said.

The Brownstone, her recent historical fiction placed as a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest of 2013. She also writes the Lindsey Gale Mystery Series set on the Delmarva Peninsula. She is currently completing the fourth in the mystery series. Her nonfiction pictorial book, Around Greensboro is published by Arcadia Publishing and is about her hometown of Greensboro, Maryland. She has won awards for two of her short stories, and many of her stories have been published in local, regional, and national magazines.

As a book indexer, Ms. Reveal has written indexes for over 50 books. As a member of the American Society for Indexing, she served the organization for five years as the editor of its quarterly journal, Keywords. She has also written book reviews for the “New York Journal of Books” and her reviews can be found on the website:

Ms Reveal is a member in good standing and past president of Eastern Shore Writers Association as well as past president of the Maryland Writers Association. She has taught a Creative Writing course at Chesapeake College and several arts organizations throughout the Delmarva Peninsula. She has presented workshops at Bay To Ocean (BTO) Writers Conference, Harford County Writers Conference, and at numerous libraries and local and regional arts organizations. She has been a member of the BTO committee for 17 years and is currently the co-coordinator of future BTO conferences.

Delmarva Power’s Project to Benefit Queen Anne’s and Caroline Counties

Delmarva Power
Oct 28, 2014

Delmarva Power plans to rebuild a high-voltage transmission line between the company’s substations near Millington and in Denton, Md., in order to enhance electric service reliability in Queen Anne’s and Caroline counties.

Delmarva Power will invest approximately $29.6 million to rebuild the 25.5-mile, 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which will enhance reliability of the transmission system.

The project will replace 182 wooden poles, which range in height from 55- to 80-feet, with steel poles that are 95- to 125-feet tall. Steel poles are resistant to corrosion and can withstand hurricane force winds of 120 miles per hour.

“The current infrastructure was built in 1955 and is approaching the end of its useful life, so it is important that we undertake this project to maintain and improve the reliability of the transmission system” said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President.

Work is scheduled to begin in February 2016 with completion targeted for June 2017.

Delmarva Power plans to schedule two community meetings in early 2015 to provide more details on the project.

Chesapeake Culinary Center to host Halloween Bash on November 1, 2014

Chesapeake Culinary Center
Denton, MD
October 2014

Join the Chesapeake Culinary Center for a spooktacular time at their inaugural Halloween Bash on Saturday, November 1st from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The event, which will take place at 512 Franklin Street in Denton, will featuring a costume contest, frightfully-good food, spirits, children’s activities and more!

Come in costume for your chance to win the Costume Contest. Prizes will be awarded for funniest, scariest and most original costumes. There will also be children’s activities for the younger crowd, including Decorate-a-Cookie and a showing of a Halloween-themed kids movie.

Admission to the Halloween Bash is $10. Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Culinary Center, a community-driven facility that promotes a positive culinary learning experience for students, and a professionally trained workforce for the hospitality industry. Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling 410-479-2144.

Downtown Denton’s October Third Thursday

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Rediscover downtown Denton as restaurants and businesses extend their hours on the 3rd Thursday of every month. October’s event will take place on Thursday, October 16th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

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Job Fair at the Talbot County Community Center on October 22, 2014

Job Fair at the Talbot County Community Center on October 22, 2014 from 1 to 6 p.m. Businesses who are actively seeking employees can participate on a first-come first-serve basis by calling Al Silverstein at 410.822.4653

Tattoo the Director Fundraiser for Caroline County Humane Society

September 12, 2014

The Caroline County Humane Society has just begun a fundraising campaign to go along with Black Anchor Tattoo in Denton’s Tats for Tails event which is on October 25, 2014. Amanda Showell, the Humane Society Director, has agreed to get her first tattoo if $5000 is raised before the event. (Click HERE to Donate)

Tats for Tails, which was originally conceived by Black Anchor, was for them to donate a portions of the proceeds of all tattoos done between 12pm and 8pm to the Caroline County humane Society. The Humane Society decided to expand the event by hosting a block party in front of Black Anchor between 1 & 4pm with vendors, food, corn hole, music, raffles and a stuff a pick up truck with pet food

From Amanda ” August 19th,2014 was my one year anniversary as the director of the Caroline County Humane Society. I am honored to serve the people and animals of Caroline County.Running an open admission animal shelter that brings in 1800 animals in a year is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I am so proud of our Open Door, Open Heart mission, where no animal from our county is ever turned away no matter how great the need.”

The Fundraiser began earlier this week and in just this short time and with 43 days remaining has already achieved nearly 10% of the goal.

Outstanding Dreams Farm to host 6th Annual Open House & Alpaca Festival

Outstanding Dreams Farm

Preston, MD – August, 2014 – Outstanding Dreams Farm invites you to their 6th Annual Alpaca Festival on Saturday, September 20th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, September 21st from noon- 5:00 pm. The farm, which is located at 24480 Pinetown Road in Preston, is home to more than 25 Huacaya Alpacas and a gift shop featuring one-of-a-kind merchandise crafted from Alpaca fiber.

The event will feature fun for the whole family, including fiber arts demonstrations, craft and food vendors, children’s activities, and of course, lovable Alpacas and their products. Attendees will also be able to meet the owners of Outstanding Dreams Farm, Phil and Vickie Liske, and learn about the wonderful world of alpacas.

Visitors to the festival will find a variety of products crafted from alpaca fleece at the Outstanding Dreams Farm Store. Alpaca fleece is a soft and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities, and the shop carries an array of products made from the luxurious natural fiber. Products available for purchase include scarves, clothing, hats, children’s toys, raw fiber and more.

Admission to the event is free, and donations are gratefully appreciated. For more information on the Open House & Alpaca Festival or to arrange a tour of the farm, please contact Phil and Vickie Liske at (410) 673-2002 or visit